Duchess Kate wore a white McQueen coatdress to the Eden Project reception

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Friday night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an evening reception for the Eden Project in Cornwall, as part of the G7 Summit. They were joined by Queen Elizabeth, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Because Kate was outranked, she was hanging back for most of the festivities, at least from what I saw from the photos. The Queen spent most of her time greeting leaders and dignitaries alongside Boris Johnson, while Charles and Camilla acted as back-up greeters for the Queen. Leaving Will and Kate to mostly stand in the background. The Other Brother seemed exceptionally grumpy about it, although I’m sure the post-summit reporting will be all about how He-Man Billiam was such an effective and well-versed diplomat! He’s barely in any of the photos and I don’t think any leader other than Emmannuel Macron cared enough to talk to the Cambridges (they dutifully recorded that on their IG).

For the reception, Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coatdress which… I have no idea if it’s new. It looks like seven other white McQueen coatdresses in her closet, which must mean that it’s new. She paired the coatdress with a vintage piece – a three-strand pearl bracelet which belonged to Princess Diana. When I first saw Kate’s look, I thought she was underdressed for what I assumed was more of a cocktail-dress reception, but judging from Camilla and the Queen’s looks, she was fine. If anything, Kate looks the most “dressed up” of the three royal women.

Let me tell you something else: every single world leader at G7 looked so relaxed. Angela Merkel looks ten years younger. They no longer have to deal with Trump.

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Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Joe and Jill Biden at the G7 Summit

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  1. Escondista says:

    These exaggerated 80s Diana cosplay shoulder pads are a “never” from this millennial.

  2. Snuffles says:

    It it just me or does Will look extra scrawny lately too? Like both of the Cambridges are wasting away.

    • SurelyNot says:

      Yea, he looked noticeably thinner during the Scotland tour.

    • Sure says:

      Yeah but in his case I think it’s a deliberate effort to improve his physical image and keep up with H in the looks department. W’s body language is noticeably more assured – perhaps even slightly cocky – which suggests he’s liking what he sees in the mirror these days. As for K, I think the reasons for her weight loss are more complex.

      • Snuffles says:

        How is looking weak and scrawny improving Will’s image?

      • Sure says:

        I don’t think he thinks he looks weak & scrawny.

      • MsIam says:

        Keep up with H in the looks dept? Seriously? William should spend his time working on his personality, not his physique. He needs more compassion, not muscles.

      • Snuffles says:

        @sure and @msiam

        Seriously, WHAT MUSCLES? His chest is borderline concave. He’s got a lollipop head these days.

      • Sure says:

        @SNUFFLES you forgot that glamour shot of his bicep when he got his COVID jab.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        This seems to have started after that vid came out with him looking like an idiot on that balance beam 4 ” above the ground (with a helmet and EVERYONE around him holding out their hands to “spot” him, and Harry is climbing ropes, scaling walls, going through a mud pit, muscles bulging, lean, strong, and looking like a hot stud.

      • Truthiness says:

        I’d bet money he saw Harry effortlessly climb ropes using only arm strength and scale a tall platform like it was nothing on Corden’s video. Trying to have less of a dad bod? Can’t let Harry appear more fit, he’s already losing so badly in the looks category via his hair and jaw clenching.

      • Sure says:


      • Coco says:

        Lollipop or PEZ dispenser?

      • Courtney B says:

        @truthiness My hubby was 28 years in the military and he loved how Harry shimmied up that rope. He even pointed out to me that he only used his arms and not his feet which is so much harder. I was like ‘okay, I get it, you have a man crush. Simmer down.’ Lol

      • PrincessK says:

        William looks as though he is very unhappy and in trouble. He was kept very much in the background.

      • bettyrose says:

        I wouldn’t have noticed on my own, but scrolling back up, Wills has taken on a bit of the caricature of a defeated middle aged man. If you told me he was pushing 50 and selling used appliances, I might believe it.

    • swirlmamad says:

      His profile these days…..yeesh. It’s….something.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah I thought he looked rather odd in that one photo. Maybe just a bad angle.
        I like Kate’s dress, and Camilla’s.

    • Flying Fish says:

      Willy panicked when he saw how easy it was for Harry to shimmy up that rope, need I say more!

  3. teehee says:

    IKR, like the whole world aged 10 years in a year and was on the brink of a stroke while dumbeldonny was in office. CHRIST I’m so happy he’s not got that much direct power anymore (note I said direct). Now our heart disease markers are back own to normal to normal and we’ve lost weight and got a new skincare routine. Sheesh

    • Lorelei says:

      But we couldn’t even relax when he left because by then we were mid-pandemic! Idk how the world doesn’t have a Xanax shortage

  4. LaraW” says:

    Can I just say I’ve been extremely disappointed with the direction McQueen’s brand has gone? It’s become the antithesis of McQueen’s aesthetic. Perhaps I’m being harsh because I haven’t looked at the recent actual couture collections or whatnot, but every time Kate wears McQueen, I feel less and less of a desire to spend time looking. I honestly blame Kate’s wedding dress.

    CBers more in tune with recent fashion, please feel free to correct me (and send links to your favorite recent McQueen pieces 😉).

    • Krista says:


      McQueen’s stuff looks so trashy these days and def selling to a younger crowd. That coat dress is wayy nicer then some of the stuff they put out lately. I don’t pay attention to the collections because they’ve been awful lately, not my taste for my age, and that’s not because of Kate but poor designing.

      I think your being a bit harsh to McQueen because you dislike Kate thus putting that on the brand. Yet the Brand legit is a mess of their own doing… at least Kate makes them appear not cheap.

      I love the coat dresses and would wear the hell out of one but again they don’t do much of the classy elegance at McQueen anymore.

      I like some of what Kate wears though, even if I don’t like her. I really enjoy her casual looks and some of her dresses.

      • LaraW” says:

        You raise a good point about my bias. However, she wears so much of it that she’s practically a brand ambassador at this point (as AmyBee pointed out below). I think it’s possible to be conservative and stylish at the same time, allowing a brand to include some of its signature elements while still flattering the individual.

        Her constantly wearing these bland McQueen pieces has, in my opinion, done no favors to the brand. There is no sign of the designer, just Kate wearing the 100th iteration of the same thing.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        After McQueen passed and burton took over the designs were trash. JS.

        IMO Kate dresses up in shoulder pads, peplum, buttons etc… to hide her weight loss. It’s strategic. Or to keep her warm for the same reason.

      • LaraW” says:

        I know what I wanted to say— it always feels like Kate uses McQueen’s name to lend her fashion legitimacy, when, shouldn’t it be a relationship that goes both ways?

      • Nic919 says:

        What’s the difference between the McQueen coat dresses and the Catherine walker coat dresses? It seems like they both are very bland and conservative which was the opposite of the McQueen label in its heyday.

        And who is the target audience? Do modern women actually wear coat dresses outside of aristos who hang out at church?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I wore coat dresses as a kid wanting to look like a sophisticated adult. I think that’s her mindset.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      ITA – I’ve stopped looking at the website and look books as its all pretty much the same look every season. Personally, I think its time they brought in some new talent – Burton was always a bad choice.

      These coat dresses are a safe choice for Keen McButtons and some of them are lovely but she has far too many in the same style and colour.

      • LaraW” says:

        I was hopeful about Burton and really wanted her to carry on McQueen’s legacy. I followed her work for a few years and then stopped.

      • Amy Too says:

        There’s no variety, really. For someone who is wearing brand new couture/designer multiple times a year for years and years, you’d think we’d be able to see how the brand is changing and evolving from season to season and year to year. But it’s the same cut, the same design details, the same colors, the same fabric choices, the same length, over and over again. If we can’t tell the difference between her (I’m making these up as examples) Spring 2012, Fall 2016, Winter 2018, and Spring 2021 McQueen coat dresses, then that would seem to show that the brand is playing it too safe. I get that Kate is stagnant and safe, so she probably likes looks that are extremely similar to what she already owns, but the fact that she’s able to so easily buy 30 nearly identical, brand new, this season coat dresses over the course of 10 years from one of fashion’s biggest designer labels (rather than having them custom made by someone like Angela Kelly who pretty much makes the same exact outfit for the Queen over and over again in different colors/patterns), isn’t really speaking well of McQueen’s ingenuity, and well….fashion and style.

      • Snappyfish says:

        There is a world of difference between McQueen for the DofC & their runway or couture collection. Much like what Versace designed for Diana was not part of his collections. It’s bespoke for the client. She likes coat dresses so that is what Burton makes for her. It’s also the ideal of wearing British designers. The 3 pieces of McQueen I have by Burton are really well made exceptionally cut pieces that I think would have made Lee proud .

    • Harper says:

      I’ve been confused too by Kate’s wearing of what are very staid McQueen looks. So I just popped over to the McQueen website and the house does show a collection of conservative jackets that we see on Kate–it’s probably what helps to pay the bills. But it baffles me as to why Kate wants to be connected to McQueen–it’s not as if she is hiding a whole other private life persona where she dresses in it while off-duty.

      • Chaine says:

        I personally think she and other royals are getting designer stuff for free or getting comped to wear them. I know it’s not supposed to happen and we heard some stink about Meghan supposedly wanting to do it and it wasn’t allowed, but that made me even more sure that some royals get away with it.

    • Amy Bee says:

      McQueen’s runaway show a few years ago looked nothing like what Kate wears. It was really good. Having Kate as the unofficial face of McQueen makes it seem like they do dull fashion but it’s really not the case. They have to make full clothes for Kate.

      • Merricat says:


      • LaraW” says:

        What was your most recent favorite show? I’m definitely interested in looking it up.

      • Amy Too says:

        They don’t “have to” though. They choose to. They choose to make boring, dull clothing for Kate, knowing she’s going to be one of their more famous and most photographed unofficial brand ambassadors. McQueen is pretty much synonymous with ten years’ worth of Kate Middleton’s identical, boring, pastel coat dresses, now. Is that the direction they want the brand going? Is this the image they want to pop into people’s heads when they hear McQueen?

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      Agree 100%. There was literally one piece from the spring/summer collection that was attractive, otherwise it’s been garbage. I was actually looking last night (you can often get brands like McQueen on sale at Nordstrom because no one thinks to shop there for higher end stuff) and it was awful.

    • candy says:

      The reality is, any brand would jump at the chance to dress Kate to her tastes. But yeah, I don’t disagree. Since LAM died it hasn’t been the same.

      • Krista says:

        I liked the McQueen Red dress she had on when she was with Jill Biden the other day. It was simple and basic but it’s legit what I would wear to work.

        I love Camilla’s dress though! I just noticed it and it’s totally something I’d wear to the office with a little black belt and shoes

    • Lorelei says:

      @Laraw, when I first saw the magenta dress she wore last week, the sharp shoulder pads reminded me of those…chest cones (? no idea what they’re called, but hopefully you know what I mean) on her wedding gown. Other than that, I actually loved her wedding dress, but those little cones sticking out were distracting.

      ETA: And @Nic, Emilia Wickstead, too. Her pieces — at least the ones Kate wears — look pretty much all the same to me as well. If it turns out that they’re “different,” it’s because there’s one seam placed slightly differently or something.

  5. Eurydice says:

    Well, Merkel might also be feeling relaxed because she’s not running for reelection. But mostly, I wonder about McQueen – when did they start trolling through 80′s mid-range designer look books? That coat dress is totally Ellen Tracy.

  6. damejudi says:

    Showing my age (53), but I love what Camilla is wearing-cute print, great cut, add in the cap-toe manageable heels-it’s a win for me.

    The other attendees look much more relaxed and prepared to interact in a low-key way. Duchess of Keen looks stiff, overdressed, and not even remotely like a modern “soft” diplomat.

    • Byzant says:

      Totally agree she looks appropriate and comfortable

    • Becks1 says:

      And is that a FitBit I spy on her wrist? lol

    • josephine says:

      I was thinking that Jill Biden looked much more modern and fresh than Kate. Kate’s dress overpowers her. She just lacks style, lacks a look, never looks comfortable in her clothes. She must have access to tons of experts and she/they still can’t find a suitable style for her. She always dressed older than she is in formal/dress clothes, and younger than she is in her casual clothes.

  7. Sofia says:

    So I actually like the outfit. It feels a bit “heavy” to me but that may be a style thing I can’t appreciate since my fashion sense is very basic. It’s a lot better than some of the things she recently worn.

    • Jais says:

      Agree. I like it better than a lot of her recent dresses. I think bc it wasn’t a fitted silhouette and wasn’t so very long. Don’t mind the shoulders here bc they’re balanced by the skirt. I do not actively dislike this dress in the way I disliked the one from the school.

    • Becks1 says:

      I like it in that it is fairly “clean” – minimal buttons, not a lot of fuss – but I think overall her look was a little boring and almost stuffy? like why the coatdress, why not just wear a dress like the Queen and Camilla were doing?

    • MF1 says:

      I don’t love it, but I think it’s better than many of Kate’s other recent looks. Like @Becks1 said, this look is pretty clean. Usually her outfits are too fussy and have too many eye-catching elements that compete for your attentions (buttons + pleating + pussy bow + a print + a lot of volume in the fabric, etc.).

      I think the heaviness you’re seeing has to do with the way the top of the coat dress is cut. The sharp shoulders and emphasized waist elongate Kate’s torso. Not a good look since she already has a long torso.

  8. Erica says:

    I like all 3 outfits. I think they look pretty and appropriate.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Did you see that tablecloth on the table behind TQ (where she’s cutting the cake)? I SWEAR it was leftover fabric from one of AK47′s dresses that TQ has hanging in her closet already!

      • Lady D says:

        I spotted that tablecloth right away. My grandma had a dress that looked liked that back in the 70′s. I was little and loved the flowers on it.

  9. anotherlily says:

    Not only were the Cambridges behind Camilla, they also had nobody behind them. They were at the back taking precedence over nobody, being the least important.

    • LaurieLee says:

      Yeah, but it was the G7, which is like the most powerful of powerful meetings. They didn’t even belong there in the slightest and were lucky to be there.

  10. Mooney says:

    That’s such a basic looking coat dress and it’s around 4k. In my currency is around 400k. What a waste of money.

    The main highlight of the dress for me was her ill fitting Aquazurra bow pumps ie Meghan’s signature style 😂.

    • Layla says:

      When i saw that I couldn’t stop bursting out laughing. This woman is trying way to hard and now it’s way too obvious. How desperate is she?
      Four shoes in a row, (Jennifer Chamandi, Manolos, Vejas and now Aquazurra, what’s next?)

      • JT says:

        CopyKate strikes again. The more she cosplays Meghan, the more it shows how insecure Kate was about her. It’s so obvious she was intimidated by Meg but this sh*t is just creepy now. Anybody catch that Kate has chickens too now? Some stans were saying that of course Kate has chickens, she lives in the country. Then where the hell was the poultry in the years the Keens have lived there? They would have mentioned that. Just admit that Kate is a stalker.

      • Jais says:

        Where was it said that Kate has chickens? Hadn’t seen that but lol are they also rescue chickens?

    • NiqGee says:

      I was scrolling for this comment. Like, did she copy every single shoe Meghan owned during her Brit-Stopover? I expect to see her in Rothy’s next. This Single-White-Female-ing is getting out of hand.

      • Layla says:

        She’s already done that aswell. She wore them on the pap stroll she had in London last year with Prince Louis which was released by Chi magazine. Look at the picture of her shoes. 100 per cent Rothy’s. She thought no one would notice but some did.

  11. Byzant says:

    Why coat dresses? I dont get it shes only a few years older than me and they literally would not cross my mind as an option, let alone something to wear almost as a uniform? I just dont get it-they are a weird work choice, a weird cocktail party choice ect! I dont see anyone else wearing them regularly and dont get who she is modeling them on. And i actually like the shape of this one but i dont understand why it cant be a pretty wrap dress why does she default to coat dresses?

    Interesting article comparing boris’s third wife and keen katie – while Carrie is awful even in the same styles she looked a hundred times more relaxed comfortable and so much younger. And no coat dresses for her.

    • Jan says:

      I’m starting to feel sorry for Carrie, when Boris make the mistress his wife, you know he is looking for a new mistress.

      • Byzant says:

        I know but surely she must have known whats shes getting into ??its not like hes been discrete and hes been a prolific cheater for at least 3 decades? Weird thing is aside from a higher profile i really dont see what she gets out of it.

    • MsIam says:

      A wrap dress would emphasize how scrawny she is, thus more talk about eating disorders. She doesn’t want to be compared to her late mother in law about that., even though history seems to be repeating itself.

      • Byzant says:

        I did wonder about that maybe the thicker material and structure is designed to cover the usual appearance of a severe restriction.

      • Linda says:

        There are several things to criticize Kate for but body shaming her by calling her scrawny is beyond the pale.

      • MsIam says:

        @Linda. It is what it is. Pretending like you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    • Truthiness says:

      She is dressing for the job she wants, queen. That’s her future queen cosplay. Compared to the actual queen and Camilla the future queen consort, it looks like she didn’t get the “summer dress” memo and she dressed for a winter cocktail party. Eh, she’s done worse.

      • notasugarhere says:

        As I wrote below, Kate is wearing a copy of a coat dress Camilla wore in Belgium in 2015. Check that off as her latest cosplay. Diana, Meghan, Camilla.

      • SarahCS says:

        Dress for the job you want not the job you have?

        This is the imposter syndrome grad turning up in a three-piece suit to try and dress/act like the experienced people who themselves are all super chill and have no pretensions.

    • Merricat says:

      Coat dresses add bulk.

    • Lizzie says:

      At least this one didn’t have the faux military brass buttons.

    • Green Desert says:

      Agreed Byzant. Coat dresses are so damn unfashionable, especially for someone her age. The woman is 39 years old, way too young to wear something like this. I get that she can’t wear anything too funky but as many have pointed out, there are other European royals who dress with way more style than Kate while still keeping it “conservative.”

      If she’s trying to hide her frame, non-body con is still so in. She has lots of options for clothes that aren’t form-fitting. I should stop complaining about her clothes. It’s really her sh*tty personal style, and that’s likely not going to change!

  12. SurelyNot says:

    I’m just looking at the brick pathway vs. the grass and glad I’m not trying to pick a surface in heels.

  13. Dee says:

    Love the shoes (Go Meghan!). Her hair drags down this look. Imagine a sleek pony or a half-up do.

  14. ABritGuest says:

    I like Kate’s coat dress – she looks good. Nice aquazarra heels too-Meghan really had a big impact on her😉

    Generally lots of reports that Boris Johnson & using this G7 summit (roping in royals too) to launch Global Britain was a big dud. Johnson’s been blasted by fellow leaders & intl press over Northern Ireland. Out of the royals only Betty seemed to get some front pages. it’s barely discussed on the morning shows which is probably why the whole Lilibet thing is being dragged up again.

    I find the ‘can’t overshadow the monarch/heirs’ talk so interesting in light of fact that literally nobody was talking about William& Charles doing a joint event at the G7 which I’m surprised at. Apart from Betty, Kate got the most press from these days (although because of what she said about Lili) so why is it ok for Kate to overshadow her husband?

    • Cecilia says:

      Thats what im wondering too. In every puff piece about kate its always how she never puts a foot wrong and they make sure to point out she doesn’t overshadow her husband. Fact is, she does. All the time. Even if they only talk about her fashion. These G7 days were all about kate. No Charles, No William. Its odd isn’t it?

      • Pix says:

        It is odd! I didn’t even know William was there based on the press in the US. The news was all about the Queen and Kate. These are the first pics I’m seeing with Will in attendance.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Cecilia, it appears that they’re trying to get Kate “happening” in the US. They really don’t get it, do they? All anyone has to do is watch her talking in front of all of the early years experts, where Dr. Biden was one of them. Clothes aren’t enough here. I’m starting to think they believe that Princess Di was popular here because she was beautiful. Well, she definitely was beautiful, and that helped, but it was her charisma and compassion which made her so popular here. I remember that time well. She brought a spotlight to AIDS–and she did it with compassion. We never had to wonder about what her intent was–she put it all out there for us to see. So, brf, clothes aren’t going to go very far here. But, sure, do your thing.

  15. Belli says:

    That’s not white, it’s obviously pale yellow!

  16. Olivia says:

    Did anyone see towards the beginning when they were all coming out, William was picking his nose. It’s sort of hidden because Camilla comes in the way but it is there.

  17. Jan says:

    I think Dr.Biden is still recovering from meeting Unable, I’m surprise that no one made a meme of her with her binder of questions, when the interview was cut short, but at least she had a great visit with veterans that Invictus supports.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    I mean she has a similar McQueen dress in the same colour. She could have worn a business suit to this event. I think the coat dress was too much.

  19. ThatgirlThere says:

    Those Aquazurra heels Kate is wearing look awfully familiar. I recall a certain American Duchess constantly rocking those heels.


    • Over it says:

      Omg you are absolutely correct. Those shoes were a staple of duchess M

    • Margaret says:

      Great observation, those are Aquazurra heels. I am wondering is she well?. She is starting to remind me of stalker girl in the copy cat roommate thriller, I forget the name. She is acting like she wants to be meghan. Strange, what else does she want that meghan has?.

      • ThatgirlThere says:

        Yup. Single White Female. With Bridgett Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I didn’t think that she was really copying Meghan’s style when folks were first saying it, but yeah its getting a little weird.

      • Becks1 says:

        @ThatgirlThere – yeah, that’s the thing. For years now many of us have been rolling our eyes at Kate’s obvious copying of other famous women, particularly women in her sphere – Meghan, Diana – and people will say “oh its just a coincidence.” But as you follow it, you see its not a coincidence because it happens so often that it starts to look weird and then you can’t unsee it.

    • Becks1 says:

      Kate has worn Aquazurra before (not sure about shoes specifically but probably but definitely the brand) so the brand itself doesnt stand out to me, but damn if this style isn’t just pure Meghan.

  20. notasugarhere says:

    Now she’s cosplaying Camilla, who wore almost this exact coat dress in Belgium a few years ago. Right down to the collar shape, skirt, and two buttons at the waist.

    • Byzant says:

      Well spotted!

    • MsIam says:

      Yes, this coat dress is definitely appropriate for a 60-70 year old woman. On Kate it looks like something a Princess Barbie doll would wear but I’m sure that is the look she was going for.

  21. Over it says:

    All I want to know is why can’t Cain ever smile or pretend to be happy around unable ?. She does all the smiling at him and he looks at her like he has never seen her before

    • iconoclast59 says:

      IKR? In the one picture, even though William is 3/4 turned away from the camera, from his body language you can tell he’s half-scowling at smiling Kate. I have absolute contempt for people who take out their misery on others.

    • Nic919 says:

      William has looked miserable at all his appearances since and including the Scotland tour. He wasn’t very visible to the press for the G7 and so I wonder if there is something going on there that they aren’t saying.

  22. Over it says:

    Karen Mcbuttons is looking rough these days

  23. Merricat says:

    Kate was probably the youngest person there. No wonder there were so many photos of her.

  24. Asking for a friend says:

    I haven’t been a huge fan of most of the millions of coatdresses, but now I’m seeing the sartorial logic – the buttony coatdress looks more polished than Dr. Biden’s trench, and Keenbot can keep it on to maintain the look.

    • Merricat says:

      Dr. Biden wasn’t there as window dressing. We talk about what Kate is wearing because that’s all she has to contribute.

      • Asking for a friend says:

        I hope you’re not taking offense, I’m just talking about the coat. But of course Dr. Biden is an amazing woman, and well…Keenbot…not so much. Point taken.

    • notasugarhere says:

      For me, Dr. Biden brings both professional dress smarts AND brains.

    • Lizzie says:

      Dr. Biden didn’t look professional? News to me. A trench is classic and professional.

  25. Genxjules says:

    I like McQueen so I guess I have poor taste judging from the comments. (Which…whatever)

    Kate does have nice hair but I think if she pulled it back when she wears highly structured shoulders like McQueen it would help the tailoring look as it was designed and more sculptural. Under the signature blow out it always feels off. Styling can make a difference.

  26. Courtney B says:

    I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall hearing the world leaders talk privately to Biden about trump.

    • MangoAngelesque says:

      @COURTNEY B — Heh, did you see the photos of Biden’s meeting with Angela Markel? Her relief was absolutely palpable. You just know the sane leaders (Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, etc) practically greeted him with hugs and kisses and teddy bears! Lol…

  27. MangoAngelesque says:

    I do find it amusing that the Queen had a bit of fun at this and eschewed the knife and used the sword to cut the cake, saying, “No, this is a bit more unusual.” The look Camilla and Kate exchanged when she did that was positively hysterical.

    • ncboudicca says:

      I have to ask the question: Why was the Queen holding the sword upside down to cut it? Is this protocol for cutting a cake with a sword, or is this maybe evidence of diminished faculties? To be clear, I am not mocking her if that’s the case, because I thought what she said was hilarious – but with all of the speculation about her telling courtiers to refute the Sussexes’ “mistruths”…is she really behind any machinations at this point? I hope to be walking around and hefting swords at her age, as she is, but I just don’t see her running the show as far as the Firm goes.

      • MangoAngelesque says:

        I think maybe she was using the point to score the line along the cake, at least that’s what I would do, rather than do a full “HI-YAH!” whack. Just being very careful with it…

        At least, that was my interpretation. 🤷‍♀️

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      MangoAngelesque, I thought it was fun, too. I wondered if TQ wears glasses except when she’ in public. If she does, she might not have seen which was the sharp edge. But I thought she was purposefully bringing levity to the proceedings.

  28. candy says:

    I am not a fan of this look, and white isn’t really her color. Plus she has so many other white McQueen coat dresses that actually look better than this. I guess she wanted to wear something new for the photo value of G7.

  29. MadamNoir24 says:

    I noticed that Kate has also started copying the shoes Meghan wears. First the Veja sneakers now the Aquazzura shoes with the bow in the back.

  30. Robin says:

    I always think pure white is a really funny thing to wear to something like this. I can’t pinpoint what it is. Does it look too formal? Does it look like she’s not going to get involved because she’ll get a mark on her dress?

  31. Livethelifeaquatic says:

    Can someone explain to me why they are even there? Why do these leaders, actual leaders, give these figure heads the time of day

    • Nic919 says:

      Honestly having the Cambridges there is no different than when trump brought his adult kids to the last visit. Neither have any official government role. Even Charles and Camilla don’t have an official role although he is basically regent.

      • Livethelifeaquatic says:

        Right! They stand there and nervously wrong their hands – they are incompetent and really need to … ugh

    • sunny says:

      Well in this case having the Queen and Charles there makes sense. The G7 is being hosted by Britain this year and the Queen is head of state for 2 of the G7 nations.

      What I wonder about is how world leaders makes small talk with the barely engaged royals. Like what would Merkel talk to Kate about? Or William and Macron? The mind boggles.

  32. HannahB says:

    Kate looking like she caught a sale at the Dress Barn. Loved Camilla’s dress, though.

  33. april says:

    Beautiful dress and Kate looks good in it. The last couple of other dresses did not look good on her.

  34. Basi says:

    Wow. There’s literally nothing else to say about Kate other than who she’s wearing. (The outfits also wear her.) She’s just so beige. Absolutely no personality. A 2D person.

    She makes me NOT clothes envious.

  35. lucy2 says:

    The Queen looks awful cheerful for a poor little old lady who just had her only belonging, a childhood nickname, stolen from her…

  36. The Recluse says:

    I do appreciate that the Queen has the sense to use an old school style purse with handles so she can hang it from her arm, as opposed to those annoying clutches that women use and then are forced to carry everywhere. I have never understood the appeal of clutches. They are awkward. And in my case, with my deformed left hand, impractical. Give me a purse or tote with handles or straps any day.

  37. Carolind says:

    William and Kate were like spare parts at this reception. The Queen here as British Head of State, Charles and Camilla back-up.

    The floral dresses worn by the Queen, Camilla and Carrie Johnson looked appropriate for a reception at an ecological project. Kate’s coatdress much too formal and stuffy for anything but a very formal day event. Was it the same one as she wore to Charlotte’s christening? She did, however match in with Jill Biden who had on a plain raincoat which also looked wrong. Dr Biden might have looked more comfortable in a dress like the others or a brighter, maybe floral, raincoat.